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‘Absolute nightmare’ gridlock as p***ed-off shoppers left trapped for two hours

A day at the shops turned into a scene of chaos for dozens of people over the weekend, with frustration even prompting some drivers to abandon their cars and head off for a Maccy D’s instead.

The nightmare unfolded yesterday (August 6) when visitors to the Trafford Retail Park, near Manchester, found themselves stuck for hours and unable to get home.

One fed-up mum said it took her nearly half an hour just to get her car out of its parking space.

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Some motorists said it took them two hours to get out of the retail park in scenes described as “worse than Christmas”, reports the Manchester Evening News.

Snaps from the scene showed loads of vehicles snaking around the car park. Some of those who abandoned their cars and headed off for a Big Mac instead found that nothing had moved by the time they got back.

Videos and posts about the chaos were shared on social media, including by Clare Jemison, who had visited Sports Direct with her daughter, 10, who has ADHD.

“It took me 25 minutes just to get out of the parking space. Nothing was moving at all," she said. "Some people even abandoned their cars there and went back later on.

“People were getting out of their cars and walking to KFC or McDonald's for food, coming back and their cars still hadn't moved.

“It took us two hours to get out. It was ridiculous and something needs to be done about it. Nobody moved at all because other cars were blocking the roads and the roundabout to try to get in.

“It was absolutely horrendous and I won't be going back. I had my 10-year-old daughter in the car with ADHD. It was so hard for her. It was worse than at Christmas – absolutely crazy.”

On Facebook, one p***ed-off shopper posted: “It was horrific. I ended up walking home to get my two-year-old to nap. Three young kids in the car is a killer.”

And another wrote: "It took me 3.5 hours to do 10 minutes’ shopping. It's just the sheer volume of traffic on the retail park, with people blocking the entrances. Will be a long time before I go back there again.”

Trafford Council and Trafford Retail Park have been contacted for comment.

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